Report: Tom Brady “froze out” Randy Moss

New England Patriots Randy Moss (R) and quarterback Tom Brady (L) sit on the bench in the final minutes of their NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Tom E. Curran of shared an interesting tidbit of information in his latest column about Tom Brady and Randy Moss. The crux of Curran’s piece is about how Moss isn’t an ideal fit for the Patriots any more, but he also mentions how Brady “froze” Moss out in the receiver’s final two games with New England last season.

Moss’ main concern isn’t playing football, it’s making money. And anyone who’s been listening for the last decade has heard Bill Belichick lob the praise “football is important to him” realizes how ill-fitting Randy Moss would be here.

Never mind the fact that, after the Jets game last year, quarterback Tom Brady basically froze Moss out for his final two games in New England. Brady was tired of throwing picks on balls intended for Moss (he threw two against the Jets; he had just two more the rest of the regular season).

This seems like one of those stories in which the player(s) later comes out and says that it didn’t happen. But I wouldn’t put it past Brady to do something like “freeze” anyone (not just Moss – Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Jerry Rice, etc.) out. His no nonsense attitude and leadership are just two qualities that endear him to football fans across the country.

Hey, you don’t want to work, Randy? No problem. But you’re not getting the ball. Good luck trying to get that contract extension you’ve been seeking. I’m not going to stand idle while you look out for No. 1 and the rest of us fight for the TEAM.

And what happened to Moss in the end? He turned out being the poster child for what not to do when you’re a player seeking a new contract. Now he’s practically begging for New England to take him back after he eroded in Tennessee last year. Had he just shut his mouth, continued to work hard and helped the Patriots win, he probably would have received a new contract (at least eventually, barring what happens with the lockout).

But because he put himself ahead of the team, Moss got the treatment he deserved in the end.

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